DEVON LIEDTKE Designer and Co-Founder, Paloma & Co
The kids are down, your work is done - how do you spend your “me” time, when you get it?
Oh gosh! Well, now that I have 3-year-old identical twins AND a 5-week old newborn, there is barely any “me” time! But when I take it, I love a bath and listening to a great podcast or audiobook. This quarantine I listened to The Silent Patient and The Scent Keeper, both so good! I also love diving into new topics via podcasts- enter the Numerology and Meditation podcasts I just downloaded. Oh, and Master Class!
What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed?
Probably my monogrammed Weezie robe, as we all know, a good robe is a pregnant woman’s best friend!
What is the quality you most like in yourself as a mother?
I am still figuring this out! But, I do know that I want all of my children to feel loved for exactly who they are. I think I am even more aware of this because I have identical twins. I know that the world will group them together as the Liedtke Twins, and it's my job to make them feel unique, special, and loved for their individual qualities. My mom told me growing up “It is a parent's job to raise up their children because the world is just going to try to tear them down.” As a parent, I have taken that to heart. Every night at bedtime, I tell my girls to repeat little mantras “I am kind! I am brave! I love my sister! I am smart! I am beautiful!” I hope they go into the world feeling confident in being exactly who they are.
What’s the quality you most like in one or all of your children that they did not inherit from you?
A sense of playfulness! My husband is a big kid at heart, basically an amateur comedian always looking for a punch line. He is so fun and playful with our kids. I have a tendency to want to get everything on my to-do list done, and he is there to make me laugh and realize things can wait. My girls definitely got his playfulness from him and we will just have to see with baby Jack!
What’s the other career you’d most like to try out, given a second professional life?
Oh, this is easy! Two Things- either a Today Show Anchor or anything with plants, flowers, or gardening. The Today Show Anchor because I love talking with people and learning about new things. But, this is tied with my love for flowers and plants! My favorite class in college was Plant Biology. So, yeah, I know what you are thinking- total dork, and you aren’t wrong!
Is there anything that quarantine forced you to change that you would like to - or will - maintain post quarantine?
I think it has forced us all to slow down and realize what is most important in life, health, and family. I was pregnant for most of this quarantine and I felt so lucky to have so much time with my girls before bringing a new baby into the world. We slept in, made pancakes on weekdays, stayed up too late, multiple ice cream breaks a day, and just threw the rules out the window. It has been so nice to slow down and all be home together. I hope to maintain the same priority in my family life when this is all said and done.
What are the nicest things your partner does for you, and you for them?
When I was pregnant with the twins, I was on bed rest. Taylor cooked, cleaned, grocery shopped, did everything for the house! This pregnancy, he took on that same role again. Even though I could help, he told me that I was already doing the most important job, growing a baby. Tearing up writing that because it meant so much to me!
How important is routine to you? What parts of your routine are sacrosanct?
Currently my afternoon iced tea! Routine is important to me, but I am not beholden to it, especially in quarantine! I like to have routines but lately have been keeping it flexible. I am somewhere in the middle!
What are your professional goals and how do you go about achieving them?
I have always been creative, but I went the practical route and studied accounting in school. I got my Masters and CPA, and I quickly realized that was not the world for me. A jump and skip later, I followed the creative side and moved to Paris and London for design school. My professional goal is to keep following that creative side no matter where it takes me. I just want to keep learning and growing and evolving.
Two years ago, I started a store with my business partner, Paloma Contreras, and we have been learning, growing, adapting, and pivoting all along the way. We have learned so much about retail, e-commerce, and running a business. We will see what the future holds! Maybe a shop needs to be opened in Carmel! HA! Maybe I will start that tabletop line I have always dreamed of!
What are the things that make your home personal to you and your family?
I always buy things I love and find a home for them later. This makes my home personal because it is truly a collection of so many things I gravitate towards. I love buying things when we travel and having that memory connected to these pieces in my home. The other day I set my table with linens we got on a trip to Morocco years ago and it made me smile!
How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?
Community is so important. I think in this time, it makes you realize it more than ever. We have been so focused on raising our kids and our businesses, but this time has made me want to get involved in local causes I care about and really show up for them, and lead by example for my kids.
What maternity style or clothing item could you not find this time around that you most wish FH would create?
Well, I feel like FH basically has all of the maternity wear anyone needs covered! I lived in the Yoked dress while I was pregnant. It made me feel so put together! I wear it now because the style is timeless and it is perfect for nursing! But If I had to think of something, maybe a great, black, midi poplin dress that can be worn pregnant and post-pregnancy.